Thanks for the Honesty, Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling

Roland S. Martin
Roland S. Martin

Their views are vile, despicable, shameful, pathetic and hurtful, but we should all be thankful that Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling didn’t hide their true feelings about race.

See, many Americans are good at faking the funk. We smile in one another’s face, get along at work, fake congratulate each other, yet when we are in the privacy of our homes, the real us comes rushing out like a mighty river.

Instead of being cowards, let’s just be honest: Many of us have negative views when it comes to race. We build on assumptions about blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians and Native-Americans. We hide it well, but don’t see a need to do so at home.

Bundy didn’t care. He said it to a reporter and didn’t think twice. He got a little politically correct when the news broke about his views on the black family and slavery, but he later junked that and stood by his views.

In many ways, Sterling did the same. Oh, I know he offered a somewhat weak statement that was put out by the Clippers and signed by team President Andy Roeser, but we all saw through that. In fact, it didn’t even come from Sterling!

“Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings. It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life. He feels terrible that such sentiments are being attributed to him and apologizes to anyone who might have been hurt by them,” said Roeser. “He is also upset and apologizes for sentiments attributed to him about Earvin Johnson. He has long considered Magic a friend and has only the utmost respect and admiration for him — both in terms of who he is and what he has achieved. We are investigating this matter.”

This is laughable because Sterling didn’t even bother to issue a statement in his own words, and has yet to even respond to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s decision to ban him from the NBA.

What we can take away from this is that Sterling pulled a Bundy: He got a little politically correct and then finally said, “The hell with that.

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Roland S. Martin is senior political analyst for TV One and author of the book “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as Originally Reported by Roland S. Martin.” Please visit his website at To find out more about Roland S. Martin and read his past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

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